Pros and Cons of CBD OilCraig Swanson
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If you’re suffering from a chronic condition in this day and age, then you’ve probably had at least one person, whether professional or not, recommend that you try some form of marijuana. Whether your condition is pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, or sleep-related, there is likely to be some form of marijuana that can help you. Though medical marijuana a great herbal plant used for centuries to help with a plethora of medical remedies, today we are able to isolate the chemical component in marijuana, CBD or cannabidiol, that is responsible for some of the most effective treatment of chronic conditions.
Unlike its sister chemical component, THC, CBD will not cause its user to feel high, no matter how much is taken. With such a large variety of conditions that CBD can help to treat, as well as many customizable ways of using the cannabinoid, many might call CBD a miracle drug, but is it really?
In this article, we will be exploring and exposing the ways in which CBD interacts with the body, the immediate effects of it, and the possible long-term results of using CBD in conjunction with other forms of medications. Through this article, you should be able to determine if CBD is right for you and whether you are ready to bring it up with your physician.
First, let us take a look at exactly how CBD can help the body and mind.
CBD helps to alleviate pain and inflammation in the body by allowing the body to make and release endocannabinoids, which are received by receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Humans have cannabinoid receptors and make their own endocannabinoids, which help to keep the body in balance. In addition to many other functions, they trigger a release in the body of anti-inflammation neurotransmitters that cause the body to relax, swelling to go down, and feelings of pain to diminish.
In much the same way that CBD helps with pain, it also helps to reduce feelings of anxiety. CBD enhances 5- HT1A transmission and targets the serotonin system, boosting signaling and availability of serotonin in much the same way that drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft. Unlike Prozac and Zoloft, CBD is able to do this without also leaving the patient feeling groggy or spacey. It also does not seem to create a dependency in the way that pharmaceutical tranquilizers do.
Amazingly, many clinical trials have suggested that CBD can actually help to battle cancer cells. When introduced to cancer cells, CBD has shown an immediate and astoundingly effective way of killing the cells. These trials have as of yet only been done in Petri dishes and small mammals. CBD has also been used on in a trial on patients with tumors with positive effects. When used alongside treatment medications, CBD has shown to increase the effectiveness of the medication while also diminishing its side effects. Unfortunately, the FDA has yet to approve of CBD as a cancer treatment, but only as a treatment for the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment drugs. As well as helping with the pain and anxiety of cancer and chemotherapy, CBD is also a very effective anti-nausea treatment.
CBD is also a great way of maintaining overall health. Because of CBDs effect on stress and anxiety, it is also considered an effective treatment for high blood pressure. Its anti-inflammation properties aid in heart and joint health. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant, supporting the body in battling illness and fatigue.
CBD has some supposed benefits as well that are still being researched, but with promising results. Some of these benefits are: its uses as an antipsychotic, a diabetes prevention medication, as well as a substance abuse treatment.
All of that is well and good, but what are some of the aspects of CBD that people should be aware of?
First off, it is often hard to find CBD in its purest form, as it is often in forms that still retain some percentage of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the chemical composition of the marijuana plant that, while is also very effective at many of the same things as CBD, is also known to cause the user to feel high, sometimes uncomfortably so. Though many patients, particularly cancer patients who suffer from intense nausea and vomiting after receiving chemotherapy treatment, find that the THC in marijuana helps to relieve them of those symptoms, patients suffering from anxiety may find it to increase their symptoms. This is not necessarily the norm though and does often actually help to alleviate stress and anxiety in most patients.
CBD may also interfere with the absorption of other forms of medication. Improper absorption of medication can lead to a build-up of the medication in your system, which could potentially be very dangerous, particularly medications associated with psychiatric disorders. It is therefore important to always check with a medical professional before starting to take CBD products if you are already taking another form of medication.
CBD does have its own list of possible side effects, though they are mild or rare. It is known to cause some drowsiness, possibly affect sleep, and in some cases increase feelings of anxiety or psychosis. It is advised to always start with the smallest recommended dose of CBD and increase slowly over time so as to not take more than your body needs.
The main drawback of CBD is its obvious lack of research. Funding for CBD research is steadily increasing as more and more trials and studies reveal positive results, but for now, the side effects of long-term use of CBD are unknown. It can also be hard to find in certain regions due to its stigma of being a product of marijuana, a drug that is still mysteriously classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the DEA, alongside much harder drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Hopefully, soon the trials and research being done will produce more easily obtained and regulated medications containing CBD, and its stigma will fade from the public eye. If you think that CBD might be an effective treatment for your chronic condition, then it may be time to bring it up with your healthcare provider